Growing

ONLINE: Orchard Watch

2 April – 30 June 2020

This year we are *thrilled* to be partnering with the Barking & Dagenham Park Rangers on a new Community Orchard at Eastbrookend Country Park. The trees came from the National Fruit Archive at Brogdale Collections, which we visited last September. The fruits, when ready, will be harvested for sharing with the community and producing new, healthy, local drinks! While volunteer sessions are on hold, we'll be visiting the young trees and updating you on how they're growing.... While volunteer activities are on hold, we'll be visiting the orchard and reporting back on how the trees are growing.

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WEEK 1 – THURSDAY 31ST MARCH

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We have been at the Community Orchard this week, checking up on how the apple trees are doing as spring arrives. The first blossoms of this year, and of the orchard, are starting to show through, and the insects and birds are starting to make themselves at home. Check out our social media posts over the next week to find out about the varieties of the apples in the orchard…

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First blossom on one of the Cobra variety apple trees in Eastbrookend Country Park

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Willows and young trees in Eastbrookend Country Park.

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  • If you happen to find any fruit blossoms, we’d love to see your photos. Tag us on social media  @goingpicking
  • See our Orchard Watch Blog for all the latest apple tree stories, photos and links

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Do you need any help or support?

The council, in partnership with BD Collective, have launched a Citizens Alliance Network (CAN), to support vulnerable people during these difficult times. If you, or anyone you know, needs help or support, you can find out more on the CAN website.

Please contact us via email if you have any questions about our activities or concerns about the situation and how it might be affecting you in Barking & Dagenham.